Chora’s labyrinth of tiny streets, deliberately tortuous so as to break the wind, seems confusing at first encounter. The plan, however, is not complicated: the main thoroughfare of the old part of Chora is in the form of a horseshoe which begins (as Matogianni Street) from the southeast ern end of the main waterfront by the taxi stand, makes a deep loop south, turns west after 300m, passes the church of St George, and then heads back north (as Mitropoleos and Georgouli Streets) to the southwest corner of the waterfront again, not far from the Demarcheion, or town hall. This route passes the main shops and churches, and within its loop it embraces the oldest core of habitation— an area which remains miraculously untouched by even the fiercest wind. In the narrow strip between the west of the loop and the shore is the waterfront known as ‘Little Venice’; at its southern end is the rise crowned with the famous windmills of Mykonos; at its northern end, is the low mound which was once the fort of the ancient and mediaeval town, whose principal remnant is the beautiful church of the Paraportiani­. The architecture of the town speaks of the different social groups which inhabited the various areas; the lower class houses, clustered in the nar row alleys just behind the harbour, the upper middle-classhouses (of which ‘Lena’s House’—see below—is a typical example) in the more spacious area at the southern end of the loop, and the ship-owner’s houses with high-ceilings and balconies which form the front at ‘Little Venice’.

 

Mykonos Island is part of the Cyclades Island Group, Greece.
Mykonos downtown. Chora.

 

 

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